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I am go glad that my daughter seems to adore books, and at nineteen months, I can see her concentration really lengthening when we read stories. She particularly loves rhyming books, and it doesn;t seem to matter how long they are, she will listen contently, and then at the end ask for 'more' which obviously means mummy is to read it again (and again!). Well one rhyming story that my daughter loves, that her daddy or I get asked to read 'more' and 'more' is this lovely book by Jez Alborough 'Where's my teddy?', published by Walker Books. There isn't a huge amount of text in this book, so it will appeal to young children, even younger than my daughter, but making up for the lack of text are the beautiful, large, colourful illustrations of the wood where this story takes place. The story begins with Eddy, a little boy, who has lost his teddy 'Freddy' in the wood. He doesn't like being in the woods and is scared, for instance, 'Help!' said Eddy. I'm scared already! I want my bed! I want my teddy!'. The little boy Eddy sees something that takes him by surprise, a giant teddy bear. He initially thinks it is his teddy Freddy but only a lot lot bigger, and he can't quite understand why eg. 'What a surprise! How did you get to be this size'. He knows he cannot fit it in his bed. Then, through the forest, a deafening sobbing starts, and Eddy hides behind the giant teddy. The crying voice is complaining about his teddy getting so small, and can't understand how it has happened. Then the gigantic bear appears holding a tiny teddy (which is obviously Eddy's teddy). The bear spots his teddy, Eddy spots the bear, the bear spots the boy, Eddy spots his teddy. So after a bit of a fright on both sides, both parties head back to their homes as quick as they can, back to their snuggly beds to cuddly their teddy bears. My daughter can relate easily to the theme of having a teddy bear and snuggling with it in bed, so I think that is another reason why she loves this story, alongside the gentle rhyme. I could easily read this book to her four or five times in a row, before she is content, which is always the sign of a good book in my opinion! All in all, this is a very well written, lovely story to share with any child who loves teddies.
If I am out shopping and end up in a book shop it is rare that I don't pick up a new book for my son! This is how I came to pick up "Where's my teddy?" from Borders a few years ago. The book I picked up was a book and CD set with a selling price of £6.99 but the same set can be purchased on amazon for £5.36 and includes free super saver delivery. The book is a rather large and tall paperback which only just fits on our bookcase at home. It is written and illustrated by Jez Alborough and was published by Walker books in 1992. The story follows a little boy called Eddy who has lost his teddy in the woods. As he searches the woods feeling quite scared Eddy stumbles across a giant teddy bear who is much too large to cuddle in his bed. Pondering the situation Eddy hears sobbing in the woods which is coming from a big bear that has also lost his teddy bear in the woods. The bear has found Eddy's teddy but it is much too small for him to cuddle. Both being very scared they swop teddies and run away home to their beds where they can cuddle their very own perfect sized teddies. This book is written using rhyming words throughout and the author also uses small sentences which is often just one per page so we often have text such as "Help!" said Eddy. "I'm scared already! I want my bed! I want my teddy!" The nature if the text makes it flow easily and it is fun to read too. My son can read this independently as he is just turned six years old but I used to read the book to him from him being three years old and he enjoyed it as much then as he does now as it is such a cute little story. The illustrations in this book are excellent and perhaps the main focus of the book as they cover the full page with just a small block missing where the text is inserted. The pictures are grand yet mainly just show the trees in the forest but this is done so cleverly that it really does portray just how tiny Eddy is in this forest which is full of tall trees. The illustrations also show great expression on both Eddy's and the bears faces. This is actually a really enjoyable book to read with your child as the rhymes just make it fun to read and I think the rhymes also make it more memorable to your child as well. The CD that comes with the book is read by Harry Enfield and is nice as an option to put on when your child perhaps needs to be occupied for a few minutes when they are too young to read the book themselves. The CD only lasts for three minutes but I found it handy for when I was running my son a bath or something. This book is definitely recommended by my son and I. Thank you for reading my review!
A lovely book which i feel childen can easily connect with. Where the book is about a child's teddy bear which is lost and swapped with a large bear's, the child then hunts to find his teddy bear and comes across the large bear who has his teddy bear, inturn scaring the child. They eventually end up swapping their bears and go home to bed with their bears. A great picture book, with pictures filling the pages, so that basic readers are able to foolow and comprehend the story on a different level to help them become better and more competent readers. It involves simple and repetitive language so that words are reinforced into the childrens's vocabularly. It can also allow the children to get in contact with their feelings considering how they would feel if they were in the situation of the child in the book! this may also help the child's development as a person as it can help to prepare them for future life experiences which may involve loss.
My sons are now eight and ten, so a lot of their toddler books have long since been replaced by more in-depth fiction but several still linger happily on the shelf. Some things are impossible to part with, and Where's My Teddy is one of them. I am currently trying my hardest to have a clear out of all of the books that are no longer read as we prepare to move house, but I am failing miserably - books evoke strong memories, and Where's my Teddy holds some very happy and serene memories for me. Where's My Teddy is written by Jez Alborough who has won awards for his childrens books. It tells the story of Eddy, who has lost his teddy. He wanders off into the dark and scary woods to look for his Teddy and he comes across another Teddy which is identical to his in every way, apart from the fact that it is huge! As it turns out, that Teddy belongs to a massive bear, who has in turn found Eddy's tiny Teddy and is concerned that it is too small and it is going to get lost in his giant bed! After a short search, both Eddy and the bear are reunited with their respective Teddy's (phew!) and they run back to their beds to snuggle up with them. The story line is incredibly simple, and therefore is very easy for a toddler to understand. Every stanza on each page rhymes beautifully and whilst reading it out loud, you can really get a good rhythm going! Again, the repetition makes it more appealing for toddlers and after only a short while they can recite the whole book and so I would believe that this helps them to learn to read by word recognition. The text is laid out simply which also helps with recognising each individual word. On the first few pages there are only a couple of lines on each page, but as the book goes on and the story unfolds more lines are added per page which helps you to read them more quickly, so you can really read them frantically mirroring Eddy's and the bears panic as they can't locate their Teddys! Where's my Teddy is not a long book at all, and I think that it is the perfect length as a "can I have another book?" backup! It only takes a few minutes to read but the story is simple enough to satisfy a toddler who really doesn't want to go to sleep yet! I really do not think that there are any hidden morals or meanings; it is simply a lovely book and an enchanting read. The illustrations, also by Alborough, are beautiful but also very simple. As this book is mainly set in the woods, trees are the main feature of the watercolour pictures, but the attention to detail is outstanding and the perspective really draws you into the dark woods. The expressions on the two main characters are perfectly fitting to their emotions from helplessness to panic to joy and eventually relief! Eddy and the bear are popular characters, and on the back of this books success, first a short film and then a television series have been made which follows the characters (who have become great friends) onto many adventures which come purely from their own imaginations so I am sure that most young children can relate to them easily. I have spent many happy evenings reading this book to my babies (which seems like a very long time ago now) as it was always among the first to be requested. As the story ends with the characters tucked up into their respective beds, it was a perfect time to say goodnight, tuck my children in and slip quietly out of the room. I can't possibly part with this book, and I am confident and very hopeful that it will linger on the shelf for a very long time! This book is currently available from most good bookshops, but you can of course get it on Amazon with prices starting from just a penny. It is available as a standard paperback, hardback, over sized copy and also with an accompanying CD. ISBN 074453058 by Walker press.
'Where's my Teddy?' is a book for young children written by Jez Alborough. We recieved this book as a gift when my sons were around 18 months old, and at that young age it quickly became a favourite which is still regularly requested, almost two years on. 'Where's my Teddy?' tells the tale of Eddy, a young boy who has lost his teddy, Freddy, in the woods. As the story opens we see him heading off into the dark horrible woods to look for Freddy, more than a little scared. As he gets deeper into the woods, Eddy is stopped in his tracks by a giant teddy bear- it looks like Freddy, but it is much too big for Eddy to be able to cuddle him. As Eddy ponders this problem, he hears sobbing coming from deeper in the woods, and soon he is faced by a gigantic bear, holding a tiny teddy. It seems that the bear has also lost his teddy in the woods somewhere, and soon both characters are reunited with their beloved teddy bears, and safe back in their own snuggly beds. 'Where's my Teddy?' is a very simple, short story, written in rhyming language, ideal for young children. It has become much loved by both of my sons, who can now pretty much recite the whole story. The only possible downside is that it is a little short now, however when they were younger that was ideal. 'Where's my Teddy?' is published by Walker Books, and is available for £4.19 on Amazon. I woudl recommend it to all parents of preschool aged children.
The first in the series of 'Bear' books starts with Bear searching in the woods for his bear. A small boy Eddy has also lost his teddy (who is called Freddy) and is looking for him.The bear thinks he sees his teddy but he is so small surely it can't be ted? Turns out it's Freddy! Eddie is also having the same problem when he discovers his teddy has grown huge! The bear and the boy finally meet but are very scared of each other and run all the way home to a house and a cave(no prizes who's is who's). My two young boys got this book and the sequel as part of a set last christmas and although this is very good I found it not to be quite as good as the sequel(where's my teddy),though as usual it's a very good book by the talented Jez Alborough and a recommended bedtime story for young children
'Where's My Teddy?' is another fantastic Jez Alborough creation. This book is the first in a series of books about Eddy and his teddy and sets the scene for the following two books. The story itself is in rhyme, so providing an upbeat rhythm and pushing you forward through the story with some excitement. The rhythm serves to create enjoyment and brings life to the content, which in itself is fun and entertaining. The rhythm and rhyme also allows the child listening to interact with the story, having heard it only a few times my son was able to complete the endings of lines, he is not yet two. The content of the story is based on a possible real situation - losing a favourite toy, though imagination plays a key part too. A little boy has lost his teddy, he doesn't knnow what to do or where to find him. Eddy looks for his teddy in the woods and comes across a very large teddy that looks the same as his own. He wonders how teddy has gotten so big. Coming through the woods there is a bear he is upset as his teddy has become extremely small. Eddy hides behind the large teddy and awaits the bears arrival. The bear is shocked to see his teddy and even more shocked and surprised when he hears a voice coming from what he thinks is the teddy. He picks his teddy up and sees Eddy. They are both scared, pick up their teddies and turn and run away. Once home they get into their own beds and they 'huddle and cuddle their own little teds.' Children are shown how their teddies can bring comfort when they are scared or worried about something. It perhaps makes you wonder whether Eddie was actually dreaming about the bear and was in his bed all along? I would recommend this book for children aged 2years plus, boys or girls. It is published by Walker books and its RRP is £5.99.